The Top 10 Performances Of This Year’s Idols Live Tour
On July 23, the Idols Live Tour came to Los Angeles's Nokia Theater, the very same venue where less than two months earlier, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez battled it out for the Season 11 "American Idol" title (and where, to quote P-Squared himself, Phillip "cried like a little baby" when he won). And once again, I was amazed--as I am when I attend every Idol tour, every year--by how much better all the contestants performed, now that they no longer had to worry about winning over voters or judges. Seriously, if these contestants had done this well on the actual show, any of them (yes, even Heejun) could have won "Idol" instead. This year featured an extremely talented bunch, indeed.
With THIRTY songs and two acts to recap, I've chosen to focus on my favorite 10 moments of the tour* (although, I must stress, there wasn't a single dud performance or run-to-the-bathroom/beer-line lull during the entire evening). Unsurprisingly, most of the standout performances, for me for you for me, were by contestants who were my favorites throughout "American Idol" Season 11 itself...but there were definitely a few revelations and pleasant surprises.
10) Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick & Jessica Sanchez - "Party Rock Anthem"
Who needs LMFAO's dancing zebra, when you've got Heejun dancing in a day-glo zebra shirt and rapping about his "jock"? Steven Tyler may not have appreciated it when Heejun stripped down and declared "I WANNA DANCE!!!" on "Idol"...but clearly Heejun is now having the last laugh. Enjoy the awesomeness below, and laugh your own you-know-what off:
9) Skylar Laine - "Stay With Me"
Skylar kind of scares me, but in a good way. She's just so badass. I think even Miranda Lambert would be a little skerred of Skylar. Her crowd-favorite Faces cover was just the boot-kick up the bum this concert needed.
8) Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone - "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Just when I thought I was sick of hearing this inescapable Gotye hit, Phillip and Elise reprised their "Idol" version--this time staying a little more faithful to the original Gotye/Kimbra, he said/she said roles--and I fell in love with it all over again. And speaking of falling in love...I know Phillip has a girlfriend, but man, these two have such onstage chemistry, I semi-secretly wish that they'd follow Jessica and DeAndre's lead and just start dating already.